"Rearview," Beach Bunny
Emerging Chicago band Beach Bunny is the former bedroom project of frontwoman Lili Trifilio, and recently they blew up, finding success on TikTok. If you're familiar with the group, this shouldn't come as a surprise because their emo power pop is full of exhilarating melodies and lyrics that examine the pressures of girlhood. Their debut album Honeymoon dropped this year, and while it's mostly pure, assured love songs, one of its best tracks is the stripped back "Rearview." Over a guitar that flutters like heart palpitations, Trifilio reflects on how she was made to feel less than in a now defunct relationship. It's as if she's regretfully realizing her heart is still in it -- and the way she delivers these words in mourning nearly destroys you. (That catch in her voice when she sings, "You loved me / I love you / You don't love me anymore / I still do," is too damn much!). You can picture her monologuing these words to herself in the mirror, and losing herself to a fit of rage as the song ends in a raucous bout of exuberance. We all know and can feel these emotions.